Hastings, NE -- The Sodbusters most recent signings include some hometown talent. Starting with returner and 2018 Pitcher of the year Trey Kissack, four Hastings/ Grand Island natives will suit up for the Sodbusters this summer.
First is Trey Kissack, the Grand Island native was a base for the 2018 Sodbusters and bringing back the Husker is huge for the team and its pitching. When asked about Kissack, Coach Frew stated, “Kissack was the best pitcher in the league. Hands down. Every time he stepped on the mound, we had confidence we would win. He is a true ace. The Righty finished 2018 with a 6-3 record and an impressive 2.73 ERA. Kissack is a major key to the 2019 team.
The next addition to the 2019 roster is Trey Asher. The Hastings native is a left handed pitcher and is in his freshman season at Cloud County Community College. Frew praised Asher's baseball knowledge in an interview last week, “Asher is the definition of a crafty lefty. Throws off
speed for strikes and has as good of a baseball IQ as any player on the field. Asher played his summer ball for Five Points Bank summer team and threw his way to an 8-2 record with a 2.62 ERA and a 41-11 Strikeout to walk ratio.
The third signing is a teammate of Asher and Hastings native, Connor Laux. The 5’9, 165 lb infielder signs with the Sodbusters in his freshman year at Cloud County Community College. Laux was a big part of the 2018 Hastings high School baseball team, leading them to the Nebraska state tournament and putting up a .337 batting average and 11 RBI’s for the 2018 Tigers. Laux’s stats on the field got him the interest with the Sodbusters, but the his overall work ethic is what put the pen to the paper. “Connor Laux is that guy that always has a dirty uniform. He is scrappy and will do whatever it takes to help his team win.” Frew Said in an interview last week.
To round off this week’s hometown signings is outfielder Grant Schmidt. The Hastings native plays college ball with both Asher and Laux at Cloud County Community College. The Sophomore appeared in 22 games in 2018 and finished the year with a .250 average and eight
extra base hits, including two home runs. Frew sees a ton of potential in this Hastings native, we sat down with Frew last week and he states, “Grant Schmidt ‘looks the part’. Great size. Has the tools. Really a tremendous athlete who is just getting going at focusing solely on baseball. He has a very high ceiling.”